Smoked Baked Pork and Beans

I like to smoke all through the winter, but sometimes Canadian winters make it difficult. Once the warm weather comes though, I get the smoker and grill going regularly. We have experienced some wonderful weather over the weekend and the forecast has more warm days to come.

This gave me the itch to fire up the Bradley Smoker. I pulled some ribs and a pork tenderloin out of freezer. I rubbed some of my BBQ rub all over the meat and threw them in that smoker! Anytime I smoke some ribs, I always like to smoke beans as well. I have made them many times and they may be as popular as the meat itself. Slow baked beans done in the smoker have a rich, sweet and smokey flavour that cannot match beans done in the oven or slow cooker.

Baked beans must have pork in it and what better to use than a whole pork tenderloin. The tenderloin is coated in the BBQ rub and smoked for 3 hours. Then it is cut up and mixed in with the beans. Every spoonful of beans has chunks of smoked pork tenderloin. It is OUTSTANDING!

Here is my Bradley Smoker. I make baked beans almost every time I smoke ribs. I use the upper racks to hold the ribs and put the baking dish of beans at the bottom to catch all the drippings. Yes, it helps to create an incredibly rich smoky flavour.

After the beans and the pork tenderloin have been in the smoker for about 3 hours, cut up the pork into small chunks and stir it in with the beans. Then put it back in the smoker for a few more hours!

Smoked Baked Pork and Beans

5 from 1 vote
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours


  • 2 onions , diced
  • 1 red pepper , diced
  • 3 cans of navy beans , drained
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 tbsp Steve's BBQ Rub
  • 1 1/2 lb pork tenderloin


  • Rub the pork tenderloin with 3 tbsp of Steve's BBQ rub (link to my spice rub recipe is found here)
  • Mix the remaining ingredients together and pour in a baking casserole dish.
  • Place the beans and pork tenderloin in a smoker. Using wood of your choice (I use apple, cherry, and hickory different times and all are good!). Try to keep the smoker at about 225F. If you are smoking any other meat (ribs, boston butt, brisket, etc) place the bean on the bottom rack to catch the drippings.
  • After 3 hours in the smoker, remove the pork tenderloin and chop it up into small chunks. Stir it in with the beans and let them cook in the smoker for another 2-3 hours.


If you do not have a smoker, this recipe will work great using an oven as well. The beans taste wonderful out of the oven but they do not have the smokey flavour. Follow the above recipe but cook in a 325 oven for 3-4 hours or until onions are tender



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  • I have stumbled upon smoking beans and my recipe is quite similar,except I use ham instead of pork loin with all the stock from baking it as a base. to this I add chopped onions , tomato paste,brown sugar,light corn syrup,molasses ,and sticks of butter. then add to beans and smoke stirring occasionally tends to allow more even smoke flavor.

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    • Thank you for sharing those tips! I bet it is super tasty!!

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  • Just got a Bradley Original Smoker, and was trying ribs for the first time. Didn’t want tenderloin (had a lot recently) so I bought a pack of Kirkland Honey Garlic sausages to smoke and put in the beans instead. Wow. Everyone raved over them. I think I might throw in some pineapple next time.

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  • Hey, I noticed you used canned navy beans and a smoked pork tenderloin, what are you thoughts on overnight soaked navy beans and ham hocks?

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    • That could work well, but it would likely be necessary to boil the navy beans for around an hour after the overnight soak.

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  • Holy crap these beans are good. I put them in the crock pot while I smoke my chicken. I can’t stop sneaking bites. Might be full before the chicken is even done. Thanks for an excellent way to make beans.

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  • Steve your recipe sounds great! I couldn`t find the link for the BBQ Rub. Could you post the recipe please? Thanks

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    • Hey Brian. not sure where the link disappeared – but here it is:

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  • Steve your smoker is smoking hot!! Wow… it’s so cool that you do that at home. The beans look wonderful and I love baked beans so I would definitely dig into this one. 🙂

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  • Hi Steve! I LOVE smoking techniques. We’ve been debating if we should buy a smoker or not because we love the flavor so much. I’ve never had smoked beans, but that sounds excellent too. Your smoker looks very professional. I want one like that, or want to live next to you to borrow one space in the smoker. 😉

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  • It’s about time there was some serious smoking going on here. 🙂 Great stuff Steve.

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  • Oh wow, this must be one intensely flavored dish! Looks like a great comfort dish 🙂

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  • Smoked is a better way to go!

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  • Why these do put baked beans to shame. No doubt there is some awesome flavor in this dish. I am saving this one-definitely a keeper. Thanks Steve!

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  • Man, those smoked beans with the pork look awesome. I couldn’t agree with you more, smoked beans beat the oven baked ones anytime!

    Gotta pin this one! Great recipe!

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